Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is an LEGENDARY film editor. In the industry many called him Chanti Garu. He is the younger brother of Kotagiri Gopala Rao,
Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is an Indian film editor. In the industry many called him Chanti Garu. He is the younger brother of Kotagiri Gopala Rao, who died on November 6, 2012, a known film editor and producer holding the banner of Kotagiri Films with which he produced several films, including Ooranta Sankranti.
His ancestors worked as Diwans in Zamindar.He hails from Nuzvid. He has three elder brothers and two elder sisters. The eldest of them is Kotagiri Gopalarao. His father died early leaving the family in a miserable condition. Gopalrao took control of the family and shifted to Madras. He has become an editor under the eminent director Adurthi Subba Rao and others.
Venkateswara Rao did not want to continue his studies after completing matriculation. He joined his brother in Madras and trained as an editor. K. Raghavendra Rao gave him the first chance to edit two songs in his Adavi Ramudu film in 1977.
He has worked for many films of Legend N. T. Rama Rao, B. Gopal, Bharatirajaa and many more. Before becoming an eminent director, S. S. Rajamouli was trained under him in film editing for a year.
He was elected unanimously as President of the Andhra Pradesh Film Federation and served the members for 6 years.
He has married Sujatha and has two daughters.
2004 : Sye - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor
2005 : Subhash Chandra Bose - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor
2007 : Yamadonga - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor
2009 : Magadheera - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor
2010 : Darling - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor.
Naan Ee (2012) - Winner Vijay Award for Best Editor
Neeku Naaku Dash Dash(2012)
Seema Tapakai (2011)
Jai Bolo Telangana (2010 film) (2010)
Okka Magadu (2007)
Jai Chiranjeeva (2005)
Subhash Chandra Bose (2005)
Naa Alludu (2005)
Balu ABCDEFG (2005)
Adavi Ramudu (2004)
Palanati Brahmanaidu (2003)
Student No. 1 (2001)
Alluda Majaka (1995)
Kondaveeti Raja (1986)
Tik Tik Tik (1981)
Adavi Ramudu (1977)
Vetagadu - debut